The Responsibilities of the Security Guard/Proprietary Private Security Officer and Employer

As a registered security guard/proprietary private security officer, you have certain responsibilities to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and your employer. In order to prevent possible denial or revocation of your registration card, it is important that you are aware of the following:

  1. Security guard/proprietary private security officers must meet several requirements before they begin work. These requirements include submitting your application by mail or online (only guards can apply online at this time) with the required fees to the Bureau.
  2. Submitting your fingerprints to the Department of Justice via Live Scan immediately and include a copy of the completed live scan form with the application and fees to the Bureau.
  3. Livescan fingerprint are sometimes rejected by the Department of Justice and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for being illegible. If the fingerprints are rejected, you will receive a reject letter from the Bureau and you will be instructed to have your fingerprints redone.
  4. While on duty you are required to possess a valid security guard/proprietary private security officer registration or a screen-printout of the Bureau’s approval from the Bureau’s Web site at, along with a valid California photo identification.
  5. A proprietary private security officer may not carry a firearm or a baton.
  6. A security guard, private patrol operator, private investigator or alarm agent responder who carries a gun or a baton must have a valid exposed firearm permit and/or a valid baton certificate.
  7. If you move or change your address, you must notify the Bureau within 30 days, or you may be issued an administrative fine.
  8. If your employer or any instructor encourages you to violate any of the above requirements, you may report him/her to the Bureau in writing.